Quick status for you... all of the tips you have given me are working out
great and I'm really starting to dig this woodworking thing. My most
important lessons so far are the 3 P's- Patience. Practice. Persistence.
Anyways.. to the topic of my post. The thing that got me turned on to
woodworking was astronomy. I had seen telescopes and tools (bases, tripods,
observing chairs, etc) built out of wood by some folks at a 'star party'
that I went to about 6 years ago. The scopes used a Dobsonian mount which
is relativley easy to build. So I started watching those 'wood working
shows that PBS always has on' just to try and get some basic tips down.
Thats how I started out with Normitis. 'If I had one of those I could build
anything..' - you all know what I'm saying.
So the question I have is, do and of you woodworkers dabble in astronomy?
If so, have you built anything to speak of? I have a grand design in my
head for an awesome 10" Dobsonian scope (Cherry or Apple ply... brass
hardware... droool), and I will someday actually build it. But for now I'm
just gathering the skills and tools that will be required to build it.
I'd love to hear about or see some of the things you've built to support
your addiction... I mean hobby.
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 00:08:50 +0000, Mike W. wrote:
Yes, I dabble with a cheap store bought POS scope. Went to Kitt Peak
several years ago and picked up several books. One in particular should
be of interest to wooddorkers:
"Build Your Own Telescope" by Richard Berry's, ISBN 0-943396-42-5
Building a scope based on plans in the book is somewhere in the top 3rd of
my long list of round tuits. I sure hope I get the top third done before
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 00:07:30 GMT, Doug Winterburn
|On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 00:08:50 +0000, Mike W. wrote:
|> So the question I have is, do and of you woodworkers dabble in astronomy?|> If so, have you built anything to speak of? I have a grand design in my|> head for an awesome 10" Dobsonian scope (Cherry or Apple ply... brass|> hardware... droool), and I will someday actually build it. But for now I'm|> just gathering the skills and tools that will be required to build it.|> |> I'd love to hear about or see some of the things you've built to support|> your addiction... I mean hobby.
|Yes, I dabble with a cheap store bought POS scope. Went to Kitt Peak
|several years ago and picked up several books. One in particular should
|be of interest to wooddorkers:
|"Build Your Own Telescope" by Richard Berry's, ISBN 0-943396-42-5
|Building a scope based on plans in the book is somewhere in the top 3rd of
|my long list of round tuits. I sure hope I get the top third done before
Another one of "his" books is "The CCD Camera Cookbook", which was
really written by two close friends and former co-workers of mine,
John Munger and Veikko Kanto. I got both of them into ham radio, but
they didn't get me into astronomy, although they did bring one of
their 10" 'scopes and camera out to my place in the dark Sonoran
desert for some lookin' once. Really neat.
Neither of them are woodworkers but they do some nice machine work.
On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 19:48:36 -0700, Wes Stewart wrote:
I _was_ into ham radio in the early sixties (K7OQF), and still listen in.
In fact, I sent a bunch of vacuum tube gear off to a fellow in the cold
climes of WI/MI (I hate CRS) since I'd been packing it around for 35
years without using it.
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 00:08:50 GMT, "Mike W."
I'd like to, but you have to sand to one hell of a fine grit and
silvering it is even harder.
Mind you, I think you _could_ do this, if you tried hard enough....
Hah! Great... You can buy mirrors you know. :-)
I was thinking more along the lines of building the scope mounts,
accessories, chairs, etc.
I did run across a guy or two that had ground his own glass for a mirror,
but I dont think I've met anyone who has silvered or otherwise made
reflective the glass they had ground. With all the talk about 'scary sharp'
and such around here, I'd bet theres a few folks who could do it, though...
lots of creative minds here.
Where are you located?
I grew up in western South Dakota. I spent a lot of time where the nearest
neighbor was > 1 mile away = no light pollution. For about 10 years I've
been in the Washington D.C. area, and even on the clearest, coldest,
brightest night, there aren't that many stars in the sky.
Last week I was in TX and OK and at about 1:00 am I stopped on the two lane
road in TX for 10 minutes and looked at the stars. It was somewhat cloudy
but I could still see more stars than anytime in Maryland.
Where are you located?
I am in Southwestern Ohio. I live in the distant suburbs of Cincinnati. I
just built a house out in the country where I can actually see the milky way
cloud. I was in Hawaii a few years back out in the boonies at night and
could make it out easily, and when in Denver near the base of Pikes Peak,
but never dreamed in my own back yard. Unfortunately I live in a
development where I am the first house in (2 acre lots), but people are
starting to build. So I'd bet my Milky Way viewing days are done.
I knew him well in South Dakota but haven't seen him in Maryland. <g>
One of many reasons to live in Hawaii!
I made it to the top in 1963 as a little kid. At that time there was
Denver, then a large dark place to the north, then Boulder. Now it's
basically lights from Denver north to Wyoming, but IRC when it wasn't so.
Maybe you need a bigger apature. <g> Vacations are also great. I grew up
in western South Dakota but have been Maryland for about 10 years. With the
light pollution and close horizons, there is virtually no stargazing in MD.
Last week I was in TX and OK. It was a semi-cloudy night, but about 1:00 am
in north Texas I turned off the rental car and got out and looked at the
stars for about 10 minutes. It wasn't outstanding -- I couldn't really make
out the MW cloud -- but it was still a lot of fun.
Maryland has robbed me of a lot of stars, but has put a lot of $ in my
The lights must extend quite a ways south if you lived
in Denver at the base of Pikes Peak. The last known
location for Pikes Peak is about 60 miles south of
Denver. There is a burg named Colorado Springs which
usually claims to be at the foot of Pikes Peak.
Now when the Rocky Mountain Arsenal was greasing the rocks,
Mother Nature was threatening to move the Rockies into
Kansas, but I wasn't aware of any north/south movement.
Just finished a new tripod for my ETX
scope..Wood was used for the top of
it and the supports to hold the tripod
legs were wood. I could have done the
legs from wooden crutches but I found
some aluminum ones were far easier
to adjust in height..Works great too.
Total cost about $20.
: Hi all.
: So the question I have is, do and of you woodworkers dabble in astronomy?
: If so, have you built anything to speak of? I have a grand design in my
: head for an awesome 10" Dobsonian scope (Cherry or Apple ply... brass
: hardware... droool), and I will someday actually build it. But for now I'm
: just gathering the skills and tools that will be required to build it.
: I'd love to hear about or see some of the things you've built to support
: your addiction... I mean hobby.
You might consider a simple but interesting astrography project - a
Scotch Mount for a 35 mm camera:
"Improvise, adapt, overcome."
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Phone: (617) 496-1558
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